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Monday Poetry Prompt: Heap


This week let’s write a poem about a heap. What’s in the heap is up to you. Could be something shiny, something tinkly, something stinky. Could be something less substantial, like an emotion. Post your heap of a poem below.



About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.


10 thoughts on “Monday Poetry Prompt: Heap

  1. Trickle Down

    My boss’s boss lives a few floors above.
    He’s a nice enough guy, we can talk sports
    but he’s used to sitting in the skybox
    while I’m in the cheap seats.

    His boss lives in the penthouse
    with an express elevator
    to a private multicar garage
    but I can tell when he’s home

    because there’s a leak in his toilet
    he won’t fix since he isn’t bothered
    but the mess gets bigger the further it flows,
    heaping upon the poor and middle class alike.

    There’s only one thing trickling down,
    dear reader, and it ain’t money.

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    Posted by Bartholomew Barker | October 22, 2018, 9:32 PM
  2. According to the inheritance of Tidewater Virginia, there are things which can come in heaps, and there are other things which can come in messes. Greens come in messes, love comes in heaps. If you offered your company greens in heaps with a mess of love, then perhaps you were a vernacular poet.

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    Posted by Jeremy Ray Jewell | October 22, 2018, 12:47 PM
    • Very nice but can one have half a mess of greens or half a heap of love?


      Posted by Bartholomew Barker | October 22, 2018, 8:07 PM
      • “Mess” was brought from 17-18th century rural Sussex where it meant simply a “prepared dish”. If one asks for “half a mess” at Thanksgiving it would seem silly, since all diners would be partaking of a single mess of whatever. But maybe the cook could say, “oh, I’ll only make half a mess” as a humorous suggestion to make only half of what was expected or intended. I suppose you could get away with referring to a serving as a “mess”, but it doesn’t strike me as divisible, still. “Heap” is generally used in either “a heap” or “a whole heap”, the latter certainly suggesting divisibility, but probably with humorous effects as well. “I love you half a heap” would always be referring back to the original expression, “a whole heap”. I can readily imagine someone right now saying “he was in half a heap of trouble, I tell you what”. Sounds nice.

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        Posted by Jeremy Ray Jewell | October 22, 2018, 8:32 PM
      • And in the case of my imagined “half a heap of trouble” I believe the meaning would actually be “he was in more than a whole heap of trouble”. I can’t explain how that works but it just does.

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        Posted by Jeremy Ray Jewell | October 22, 2018, 8:35 PM
      • Sounds like something that belong with a classic blue rift.
        I had woman… (ba dum ba dum music punctuation)
        Loved her a heap
        but she’s long gone
        Her mess of greens wasn’t deep

        I dunno. Stop!

        Liked by 2 people

        Posted by JeanMarie | October 22, 2018, 11:37 PM
  3. A Heap of Discontent

    Lines are drawn
    The trenches deep
    There’s a rumble of regret
    Will it tumble this stinking heap?
    Welcome to the brouhaha
    Let’s vote out all the creeps

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by JeanMarie | October 22, 2018, 12:08 PM

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